Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton with Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly for Roman Hamrlik and Paul Comrie, December 30, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 15, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Springfield (AHL), October 28, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, December 13, 2002. Signed as a free agent by South Carolina (ECHL), November 30, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Las Vegas (ECHL), February 4, 2005.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp